MVD has pink lover seeing red

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PHOENIX -- A Valley mom loves the color pink, but her favorite color is not sitting well with the state of Arizona.

In fact, the color pink is actually getting her into trouble.

What kind of trouble am I talking about? Well, it has to do with the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles.

The agency seems to have taken issue with not only the color pink, but also her license plate. So, she contacted 3 On Your Side for some help.

You could say Karen Weber has a fondness for the color pink.

"I have loved pink since I was a little girl," Weber said. "I had pink shag carpet when I was a little kid."

And that love affair with pink has never died. In fact, everything from her jewelry to her clothes to her shoes and even her cell phone is, well, pink.

"I think it's a happy color and it makes me feel good when I wear it," she said.

Heck, she even has the Pink Panther painted in three different places on her Tahoe.

So, it just made sense for Weber to pay $25 for a personalized license plate that pretty much tells people how she feels.

"I happen to like pink and I thought it would be a great way to let people know I'm a big pink fan," Weber said.

Weber's "GETPINK" license plate was approved by the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles more than a year ago and since then she's had it on her Tahoe.

But recently, the MVD sent Weber a letter saying that because of a citizen's complaint, the MVD was considering revoking her "GETPINK" plate.

Now, this pink-loving fan is seeing red.

"There is nothing offensive about as far as I can tell," she said. "I have three children and if there was something offensive about it I certainly wouldn't have put it on my vehicle."

3 On Your Side checked into the matter and told the Department of Motor Vehicles about Weber and her passion for pink.

As a result, Weber got a letter from the MVD saying, "The recall has been canceled" and "you will keep your plate."

The letter goes on to say, "We did not know that you were a Pink Panther fan."

For Weber, she is thrilled. She finally gets to keep that license plate.

"Oh, I'm so tickled pink," she said.

3 On Your Side has discovered that the "citizen's complaint" that got Weber into trouble was not from a citizen at all.

As it turns out, three different police departments sent the MVD a request asking it to review all license plates that begin with the letter G.

The reason is that many government vehicles start with the letter G and they wanted to make sure folks were not trying to pass themselves off as a government car.